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The Script Revolution blog is all about articles that may help screenwriters and filmmakers develop their craft, maximise opportunities, and stay updated on the latest news about the site. This isn't a place where you'll find fear-mongering and browbeating, nor is it a conduit for rule delusions and service advertising. Guest posts are more than welcome and offer a way for members to generate a little more exposure for themselves.

Ronika Merl 16 Mar 2023 0

One of the most courageous filmmakers I know, Ronika Merl, returns once again with an insightful post about finding the right process through trial, error, and mostly inspiration. In this article, she highlights the importance of interrogation; inspecting the inspiration, investigating the material, and questioning.. well... everything. Being asked "why" can be a writer's greatest fear, but ultimately is healthy to ponder those questions at every opportunity. Screenplays tend to be incredibly lightweight forms of story, and thus everything that's there must be there for good reason - CJ

CJ Walley 02 Mar 2023 4

As many of you who are familiar with me know, I like to keep things real when it comes to sharing my journey along the emotional rollercoaster that is building a screenwriting career. On the outside, it may look easy, or even an indulgence, to candidly share the tough times, but being honest, open, authentic, and ultimately vulnerable, isn’t easy, especially when the content is dark and seemingly negative. The following article describes one of my most arduous periods thus far, and I’m sharing it for one main reason - I wish someone had told me about this BS before I had to face it - CJ

Ville Nummenpää 10 Jan 2023 0

Within the first paragraph of Ville Nummenpää's latest blog post you should already have an idea of where it's going as it's a conundrum and trap many of us creatives fall into and become familiar with. This amusing article should serve as a healthy reminder just how quickly things can unravel and the madness can take over as we descend, quite literally in this case, into pure development soup. What's that old saying about too many cooks again? - CJ

CJ Walley 21 Dec 2022 1

We're at that point where it's time to revisit my annual blog about forming a plan to succeed in screenwriting not only in the next twelve months but over the years it typically takes to break in. Christmas is a great time to pause and reflect on where we are and I like to keep this guide updated with any new information I find while keeping it in context in regard to the current state of events. Needless to say, the landscape has changed considerably once again - CJ

Larry Postel 15 Nov 2022 4

Perhaps one of the biggest leaps we make in the early days of our screenwriting journey is the one from writing to networking. Suddenly we have to switch hats and adopt a whole new mindset that encompasses concepts we're unfamiliar with. It's daunting and that's why many stay within the comfort of entering competitions and evaluation services. There's really no substitute for promoting directly to industry members however and the most common way to do that is with querying. In this blog, Larry Postel guides you through a methodology based in quality and not quantity with proof that it's...

Neil Chase 14 Nov 2022 2

You might want to sit down and get comfortable for this insightful blog by Neil Chase, but don't get too comfortable because the topic is going to get under your skin. Dark themes aren't exclusive to horrors or thrillers, they're part of everyday life, so don't skip this one thinking it isn't for you. Detailing a lot about the craft itself and providing helpful examples, Neil goes to remarkable trouble here to list what he feels are the top ten dark themes that can be leveraged to help make a resounding story - CJ

Ville Nummenpää 15 Sep 2022 2

Good stories teach us something and take us on an emotional rollercoaster through the process. Those emotions need to be varied; from feeling elated to feeling mortified and everything in between. There's no denying that we can very violent animals and face very violent realties and, in this blog post, Ville Nummenpää makes a well rounded and slightly tongue-in-cheek case for including violent content within cinema and ultimately within our writing - CJ

Lily Blaze 25 Aug 2022 9

Sometimes it's easy to assume everyone out there on the other side of a computer screen is fully able-bodied but that's often not the case. Those living with disabilities can find seemingly easy things difficult too such as being able to simply sit at a computer and type. Lily Blaze is very open about the difficulties she faces and in this article goes into some detail, gives some guidance, and closes on a very important message we can all benefit from listening to - CJ

Robert Bruinewoud 02 Aug 2022 0

When it comes to the entire cast of characters within our scripts, writing dialogue that feels both unique and appropriate to each individual can be a real bugbear for many writers. In this article, Robert Bruinewoud details a technique to help get around this issue that starts in a place we don't typically associate with speech but may provide just the inspirational prompt we need - CJ

Larry Postel 30 Jun 2022 11

Something I see a lot of on amateur screenwriting forums is writers telling one another that the spec script market is dead, nobody is buying them, and their collection of completed scripts are useful as a portfolio at best. While selling a spec to the IP obsessed big Hollywood studios might be a pipe dream, there is still a hungry section of the industry snapping them up to meet production demands. Don't believe me? Check out this blog post by Larry Postel which details the key elements he feels helped him sell not one, not two, but FOUR spec scripts over the past few years - CJ

CJ Walley 30 May 2022 5

So, I ended Part 2 of this series on a bit of a cliff-hanger… if you call a cliff-hanger the build up to something we all really know the ending to! After effectively writing three new spec scripts, re-writing a previous spec, and eventually getting a green-light on new feature film, our hopes were dashed at the eleventh hour as the pandemic hit and shut Hollywood down - CJ

CJ Walley 11 May 2022 3

So, with my second film Double Threat releasing in the US on June 3rd, I’ve been feeling a little guilty that I’ve not been writing more parts in this series that detail how I got here. As some of you know, I’ve written and produced two feature films since I wrote Part 1 and, well, there’s so much to talk about it’s all become a bit of a monster that I’ve finally started to tackle. Sorry for the two-and-a-half year wait! Here’s Part 2 - CJ

R. D. Fawcett 12 Apr 2022 1

How do professional screenwriters come up with ideas for a project? What’s their process? How are they able to take a simple thought and develop it into a full-fledged concept? That's exactly what Dakota Fawcett will answer in the following article and YouTube video, which is planned to be the first part of a three-part series. Here he talks about how to create story concepts that will guide you through your first draft, and further drafts to come by building an already existing story from the ground up - CJ

Ville Nummenpää 11 Apr 2022 2

I've known a few perfectionists in my life and, as a result, I consider myself lucky to be what I call an "eighty-percenter" - someone who can get great results fast and comfortably walk away before it gets too intense. Perfectionism is often overly romanticised and typically an incapacitating burden for those plagued by it. In this article, Ville Nummenpää makes a good argument for choosing our heroes wisely and keeping the pedal to the metal with both eyes fixed on the creative horizon - CJ

Chris Lutzow 06 Apr 2022 4

Some of us a pre-writers and some of us are re-writers. If you're the latter, you have most likely heard the phrase "re-writing is writing" at some point and have that constantly in your mind. In this article by Rockstar Member Chris Lutzow, he makes a convincing (and scientifically backed) argument for doing the last thing many of us want to do but can often be for the best for our material - to stop writing and walk away from the script - CJ

Gary Piazza 24 Feb 2022 12

When I started Script Revolution, I had a dream that one day I'd get to see members option their material and go on a wonderful life-changing adventures, watching their words turned into reality during production and that production itself go on to wow an audience. Gary Piazza has had a dream too, one he's been keeping alive for three decades. In this blog he talks about how both our fantasies came true in the form of Dig Me No Grave and offers some helpful tips for writers still trying their hardest to break in - CJ

Ville Nummenpää 23 Feb 2022 1

The key to entertaining screenwriting lies in provoking a range of emotions in the audience. One of those most powerful emotions, so powerful in fact it surpasses the typical need to adhere only to beats that drive the story forward, is humour. In this article, Ville Nummenpää, a man who is far funnier than he claims he is, breaks down some of the core elements of this black art in a way that's so simple even I can understand it - CJ

CJ Walley 18 Jan 2022 5

Today marks my ten-year anniversary in screenwriting. I like to think I have quite a bit to show for it now that I’m a writer-producer with a few feature films, my own production company, a book on craft, and a script hosting platform to my name. That said, I’ve lost a lot too, in a bid to survive long enough to break in. It’s been a hell of a journey that’s tested the fortitude of my mental health to its limits. Something I’m sure many of you can relate to. Let’s take a look back down memory lane and see what lessons have been learned - CJ

CJ Walley 13 Jan 2022 10

When you’ve spent a long time in a particular profession, it’s hard to ever take that hat off fully. I did twenty years in the field of marketing and now tend to see everything through a marketeer’s eyes. Since then I’ve spent a decade in the world of filmmaking so I’ve naturally become fascinated with the marketing obstacles screenwriters face. I built Script Revolution to help tackle the most fundamental issue of exposure and now I want to talk about another issue few writers seem to be taking seriously, an issue I’m calling “The Gap” - CJ

CJ Walley 27 Dec 2021 0

It's time once again to revisit my annual blog about forming a plan to succeed in screenwriting in the next calendar year. Christmas is a great time to pause and reflect on where we are and I'm trying to keep this guide updated with any new information I find and keep it in context in regard to the current state of events. Needless to say, it's been another weird year - CJ

Lawrence Davidson 13 Dec 2021 8

The recent Austin Film Festival screenplay competition controversy regarding their reader feedback has ignited a heated debate about the quality of competition readers and their ability to give considered feedback writers can work with to improve their material. In this article, Lawrence Davidson highlights a concern that we may be failing to see the wood for the trees. It's time to reconsider why so many of us screenwriters enter competitions in the first place - CJ

CJ Walley 23 Nov 2021 8

I’ve spent the best part of ten years now hearing the phrase “you’ll look like an amateur” over and over again within screenwriting communities but, more often than not, what’s fussed over is petty and ambiguous. Yet, at the same time, I see behaviour that screams NOOB from the rooftops that it seems nobody’s talking about. So, here’s a list of what jumps out to me and how to correct the course - CJ

Stephen Ford 19 Oct 2021 2

Stephen Ford is fast becoming know in these parts for his brutally honest articles on the reality of trying to turn a love of writing into a viable screenwriting career. I'm pleased to say, he's back with another, this time covering the topic of that melancholy we can feel for our passion after an extended time chasing the dream. It's tough and it's far from the romantic ideal many paint it as. I'm sure many of us can empathise with the insight Stephen shares and take a little comfort in the ethos he proposes - CJ

CJ Walley 15 Oct 2021 2

I’m a painfully loyal person and, while that sounds like a strength, I’m not entirely sure it is. It’s a trait. Loyalty is a strange beast that can often be tied to a lot of different factors that mean what looks like loyalty in others might be something else entirely, while our own loyalty can often be exploited. I want to introduce you to a concept; the difference between having our loyalty rewarded and having our loyalty abused - CJ

Ronika Merl 16 Sep 2021 0

I'm a pretty fast writer. My current film in production took ten days to write, the previous one took six, and I once attached an Oscar Award Nominated actor to a script I'd written in just three. If you've read my Turn & Burn Screenwriting Guide, you'll know I encourage good planning and a fast pace for anyone who wants to turn pro. In this article, regular contributor Ronika Merl talks about how she finds writing fast fuels her artistic passion, maintains her motivation, and produces better results overall - CJ